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I have a sister who is a US citizen. I am planning to enter

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Hi. I have a sister...
Hi. I have a sister who is a US citizen. I am planning to enter the US using my tourist visa. I have been to the US a couple of times but this time, my sister would like to petition me while I am in the US. Will I be able to work and live while the my papers are under process? Will this way the fastest for me to work and live there?
JA: What is your official status? Do you have any pending applications or petitions with USCIS?
Customer: None. I only have a tourist visa.
JA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?
Customer: no
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: I am from the Philippines but have been residing and working in Qatar for the past 14 years.
Submitted: 4 months ago.Category: Immigration Law
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Immigration Lawyer: Nisha Jones, Esq., Lawyer replied 4 months ago
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Immigration Lawyer: Nisha Jones, Esq., Lawyer replied 4 months ago

Yes your sister would be able to begin the application process for you while you are here on your tourist visa.

However, the current waiting time for processing/approval of sibling sponsored green cards is between 10-12 years.

So unfortunately it is quite a lengthy wait time.

There are other faster options which are a bit more immediate, but those involve employment sponsors or bona fide marriage to a US citizen.

I hope that helps! Please let me know if you have any other questions. Also, please take a moment to rate me using the stars at the top of the page, as it's the only way experts are compensated for our time on the site. I do not receive a salary here at JustAnswer, and am only compensated for my time after receiving a rating of 3 stars or more.The question won't close after rating, so you can still ask follow-up questions after. Thanks, ***** ***** it!

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Immigration Lawyer: Nisha Jones, Esq., Lawyer replied 4 months ago
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